Aug 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) escapes the tackle of Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) and defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles returns to practice for Kansas City Chiefs

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Jamaal Charles returned to the practice field for the Kansas City Chiefs after he injured his foot last week moving a box as he moved out of the dorms the Chiefs were staying in during training camp.

Charles did not play in the team’s second preseason game when they played the Carolina Panthers and his status for the third preseason game remains in a state of flux.

When Charles returned to practice on Thursday, he did so for the scout team and not with the starters because the team did not want to take carries away from players who were certain to play against the Vikings on Saturday.

“It’s just a way for (Charles) to get work and not take away from guys that are definitely playing in this game,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said, via “He gives us a good look in there. I’m glad to see him out there, period.”

The important news here is that Charles is back on the field and running around and getting work in and this injury was a very minor one and he was only held out for precautionary reasons.

Kansas City doesn’t need to throw Charles out there in the preseason to know what he can do. He’s one of the top three running backs in the NFL and looks like he’ll be ready to go for the regular season opener.

In other injury-related news for the Chiefs, running back and return man extraordinaire De’Anthony Thomas returned to practice on Thursday as well, but safety Eric Berry and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe did not practice and are doubtful to play on Saturday.

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